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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Soren Kierkegaard
There is no evil in the world without a remedy. Jacopo Sannazaro
The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances. Joseph McCabe
The logical man must either deny all miracles or none, and our American Indian myths and hero stories are perhaps, in themselves, quite as credible as those of the Hebrews of old. Charles Eastman
The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable. Arthur Schopenhauer
The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli
The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary. Wilhelm Reich
One never knows whether people have principles on principle or whether for their own personal satisfaction. Karel Capek
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. John Adams
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. Edward de Bono
I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The possible ranks higher than the actual. Martin Heidegger
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers. Denis Diderot
Patience is the art of hoping. Luc de Clapiers
Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily. George Santayana
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go. Denis Diderot
I am not a centrist. Bella Abzug
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. John Locke
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless. W. Somerset Maugham
The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will. Mikhail Bakunin
A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person. E. W. Howe
No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism. Annie Besant
We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it's grand and great. Lucy Maud Montgomery
Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty. Madame de Stael
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Carl Sagan
Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle. Thomas Hardy
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. Herbert Spencer
When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers. Walter Lippmann
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson
It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual. Jeremy Bentham
Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases. Hippocrates
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous. David Hume
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha
We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. Martin L. Gross
Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. Art Buchwald
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect. Ronald Reagan
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit. Freda Adler
What we need most, is not so much to realize the ideal as to idealize the real. Francis Herbert Hedge
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons. Desmond Tutu
We must never assume that which is incapable of proof. George Henry Lewes
The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought. John Jay Chapman
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. Ambrose Bierce
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. Ayn Rand
Every cause produces more than one effect. Herbert Spencer
You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind. Timothy Leary
We must never throw away a bushel of truth because it happens to contain a few grains of chaff. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems. Rene Descartes
Ideas can never be defeated by military force. They can only be defeated by better ideas. Barack Obama
I wish to propose for the reader's favorable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe in a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. Bertrand Russell
When you join the CIA, you have to make some peace with whether you are comfortable psychologically and philosophically, with the use of force and using it clandestinely. Jack Devine
America has sent us many good things, gold, silver, sugar, tobacco, indigo, but you are the first philosopher, and indeed, the first man of letters for whom we are beholden to her. David Hume
The legitimacy of the West is contested by the very skepticism it holds so dear. Jochen Bittner
Knowlege is of no real value if all you can tell me is what happened yesterday. It is necessary to tell what will happen tomorrow ... you must be willing to stick your neck out. Richard P. Feynman
Values are rooted in a basic optimism about life and a faith in free will. Barack Obama
We must be proud of not being needles and threads in the hands of fate as it sews the motley cloth of history.... We know that this cloth is not sewn without us.... And that is not all. We can change the pattern of the carpet. Alexander Herzen
The narrative of progress is no longer sustainable. Stephen B. Smith
All that is solid melts into air. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. Karl Marx
Where but in America could a European thinker convinced of the elite nature of genuine education produce pupils who would go on to make common cause with populist politicians? Mark Lilla
Talk does not cook rice. Chinese Proverb
It is urgently necessary that we recognize our own limitations as a moral and ideological force among the Asiatic peoples. Our political philosophy and our patterns for living have very little applicability to masses of people in Asia. They may be all right for us, with our highly developed political traditions running back into the centuries and with our peculiarly favorable geographic position; but they are simply not practical or helpful, today, for most of the people in Asia. George F. Kennan
A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified. Leon Trotsky
Liberal relativism has its roots in the natural right tradition of tolerance or in the notion that everyone has a natural right to the pursuit of happiness as he understands happiness; but in itself it is a seminary of intolerance. Leo Strauss bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint. Leo Strauss
I am anti-ideological. Ideology destroys your freedom. It binds you to the herd. Martin Amis
A centre party would have no roots, no principles, no philosophy and no values. Shirley Williams
Man can no more think without words than see without light. Felicite Robert de Lamennais
One of the worst muddles of this age is its confusing of the ideas behind combative and cognitive activity. Cognition is not fighting, but once someone knows a lot, he will have much to fight for. Karel Capek
Be these people either Conservatives or Socialists, Yellows or Reds, the most important thing is … that all of them are right in the plain and moral sense of the word. . . I ask whether it is not possible to see in the present social conflict of the world an analogous struggle between two, three, five equally serious verities and equally generous idealisms? I think it is possible, and that is the most dramatic element in modern civilization, that a human truth is opposed to another human truth no less human, ideal against ideal, positive worth against worth no less positive, instead of the struggle being as we are so often told, one between noble truth and vile selfish error. Karel Capek
The inscrutable wisdom through which we exist is not less worthy of veneration in respect to what it denies us than in respect to what it has granted.. Immanuel Kant
Religious thinkers have done their best to twist science and philosophy to back up their law. Kemal Ataturk
I’ve never found the truth to be fair and balanced. Lou Dobbs
I was drawn to the power of the African American religious tradition to spur social change. Out of necessity, the black church had to minister to the whole person. Out of necessity, the black church rarely had the luxury of separating individual salvation from collective salvation. It had to serve as the center of the community’s political, economic and social as well as spiritual life; it understood in an intimate way the Biblical call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and challenge powers and principalities Barack Obama
Ideas, not ideology. Voters want a government that works. Harold Ford, Jr.
The idea that liberal societies are bound together by philosophical beliefs seems to me to be ludicrous. Philosophy is not that important to politics. Richard Wordy
No polity that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can by permanently maintained. Abraham Lincoln
There are too many political moderates in America. Barry W. Lynn
Our real battlefield today is Asia and our real battle is the one between democracy and communism. . . . We have to prove to the world and particularly to downtrodden areas of the world which are the natural prey to the principles of communist economics that democracy really brings about happier and better conditions for the people as a whole. Eleanor Roosevelt
Since the time of the ancient Greeks a democracy has depended on its philosophers and creative artists. It can only flourish by continuous probing, prodding, and questioning of the social conditions under which man exists and tries to better himself. One of the first moves of a dictatorship is to stifle the artists and thinkers who have the ability to stir up dissent from any prescribed dogma which might enslave them. Because the artist can arouse the curiosity and conscience of his community, he becomes a threat to those who have taken power. Uta Hagen
There is something delicious in finding fault with something. Pema Chodron
Two seemingly incompatible conceptions can each represent an aspect of the truth ... They may serve in turn to represent the facts without ever entering into direct conflict. Louis-Victor de Broglie
Who are we? The answer to this question is not only one of the tasks but the task of science. Erwin Schrodinger
I profess both to learn and to teach anatomy, not from books but from dissections; not from positions of philosophers but from the fabric of nature. William Harvey
Nothing is steadfast but the will, nothing endures but one’s achievements. Yoshida Shoin
Philosophy is easier than politics. R. W. Apple, Jr.
Having a judicious temperament is far more important than having a consistent judicial methodology. Jeffrey Rosen
Not all the vital questions have been settled. Adam Bellow
Socialism is the Hope of the World Eugene V. Debs
Knowledge consists in understanding the evidence that establishes the fact, not in the belief that it is a fact. Charles T. Sprading
Philosophers are best able to understand properly the allegorical passages of the Koran on the basis of their logical training. There is no religious stipulation that all such passages have to be interpreted literally. Averroes; Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi
If you look into the traditional arguments – Hadith -- about this problem, you will find them contradictory ….. There are many verses of The Koran, which by their universal nature teach that all the things are predestined and that man is compelled to do his acts; then there are verses which say that man is free in his acts and not compelled in performing them. Averroes; Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi
Only dead fish go with the flow. Sarah Palin
This philosophy of something for nothing, the cult of individual and government irresponsibility is an insidious cancer that will destroy us as a people unless we recognize it and root it out now. Barry Goldwater
Whoever places greater emphasis upon the product rather than the process, upon an all-sanctifying end rather than upon the means for achieving it, is opening the doors of anarchy Sidney Hook
My colleagues have learned to respect nothing but evidence, and to believe that their highest duty lies in submitting to it, however it may jar against their inclinations. Thomas Huxley
We are not compelled to believe in biological uniformity in order to affirm human freedom and dignity. Edward O. Wilson
I support the death penalty morally and philosophically…. But if we have a death penalty it must be administered impartially and fairly and it is not. Richard Land
Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own understanding. Immanuel Kant
What rules the world is ideas. Irving Kristol
There are only two choices open to those who have discovered that society is a madhouse. In the tradition of Plato's cave, they can withdraw and seek light elsewhere to discover the larger landscape in which the madhouse is located. Or, if that Platonic tradition of the Good seems merely an infantile fantasy, they can deny self-determination to the insane majority and burn the madhouse to the ground to force people out into the open. William Irwin Thompson
Affirmative action and forced integration are responsible for the almost complete destruction of private property and the erosion of freedom of contract, association, and disassociation. Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Free will is to mind, what chance is to matter Auguste Compte
When Men are not allowed to think freely about chemistry and biology, why should they be allowed to think freely about political philosophy? Auguste Compte
Lay down true principles and adhere to them inflexibly. Thomas Jefferson
Ambition is the immoderate desire of power. Baruch Spinoza
The great Plekhanov, the true one, belongs entirely and wholly to us. It is our duty to restore to the young generation his spiritual figure in all its stature. Leon Trotsky
It is impossible to become a real communist without studying-really studying - all that Plekhanov has written on philosophy, as this is the best of the whole international literature of Marxism Vladimir Lenin
To Perpetual Peace Immanuel Kant
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. Zeno of Elea
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. Theodore Roosevelt
I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. Poul Anderson
Utopianism is all well and good if it proceeds from a courageous appreciation of the world as it actually exists Andre Malraux
The collection of prejudices which is called political philosophy is useful provided that it is not called philosophy. Bertrand Russell
A communist is a man who has nothing and wishes to share it with the world. Anonymous
What is the difference between Capitalism and Communism? Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man. Communism is the opposite. Anonymous
A conservative is a worshipper of dead radicals. Anonymous
Constituency drives out consistency. Anonymous
Democracy + Private Ownership = Capitalism Democracy + Public Ownership = Socialism Dictatorship + Private Ownership = Fascism Dictatorship + Public Ownership = Communism Anonymous
Dictatorship: A system of government where everything that isn't forbidden is obligatory. Anonymous
Philosophers are men hired by the well-to-do to prove that everything is all right. Brooks Adams
When philosophic reason is clear and certain by intuition or necessary induction, no subsequent revelation supported by prophecies or miracles can supersede it. John Adams
Race is, politically speaking, not the beginning of humanity but its end, not the origin of peoples but their decay, not the natural birth of man but his unnatural death. Hannah Arendt
Non-violence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence. Joan Baez
Facts are not the truth. They only indicate where the truth may lie. Clarence Walker Barron
All social institutions should aim at the moral, intellectual and physical improvement of the most numerous and poorest class. All privileges of birth to be abolished without exception. The task of each be according to his capacity, the wealth of each be according to his works. Saint-Amand Bazard; Claude Henri
When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell has already rung. Henry Ward Beecher
The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government. Henry Ward Beecher
Playing on a fuddled fiddle, somewhere in the muddled middle. Aneurin Bevan
Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he becomes. Bhagavad Gita
The American people will always be progressive as well as conservative. Orestes Augustus Brownson
Whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings—that doctrine believe and cling to and take as your guide.. Buddha
The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. Edmund Burke
I'm a liberal when it comes to human rights, the poor; so's George W. Bush.... But liberal and conservative don't mean much to me anymore. Does that mean we care about people and are interested and want to help? And if that makes you a liberal, so be it. Barbara Bush
France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams. Thomas Carlyle
The trouble with radicals is that they read only radical literature, and the trouble with conservatives is that they don't read anything. Thomas Nixon Carver
All men are democrats when they are happy. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The final end of government is not to exert restraint but to do good. Rufus Choate
If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no brain. Winston Churchill
Ideology knows no boundaries. Georges Clemenceau
One is always somebody's reactionary. Georges Clemenceau
Communism is a hateful thing and a menace to peace and organized government; but the communism of combined wealth and capital, the outgrowth of over weening cupidity and selfishness, which insidiously undermines the justice and integrity of free institutions, is not less dangerous than the communism of oppressed poverty and toil, which, exasperated by injustice and discontent, attacks with wild disorder the citadel of rule. Grover Cleveland
The intelligence community is intended to base its intelligence estimates on facts and analysis—not philosophy and conviction. Ray Cline
Somehow economic growth and prosperity, political democracy and freedom are not enough—that we lack at some core level of meaning in our individual lives and meaning collectively, that sense that our lives are part of some greater effort, that we are connected to one another, that community means that we have a place where we belong no matter who we are. Hillary Clinton
The political philosophy of one generation becomes the political anathema of another. Frank Cobb
I'm not 100 percent anybody's ideological prism. J. Marshall Coleman
The knowledge of the few cannot counteract the ignorance of the many.... The light of philosophy, when it is confined to a small minority, points out the possessors as the victims rather than the illuminators of the multitude. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
By free-thinking I mean the use of the understanding in endeavoring to find out the meaning of any proposition whatsoever, in considering the nature of the evidence for or against it, and in judging of it according to the seeming force or weakness of the evidence. John Anthony Collins
When men do not know the natural causes of things, they simply attribute them to wills like their own; thus they obtain a theory which provisionally takes the place of science, and this theory forms a basis for theology. Auguste Comte
The cautious seldom err. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. Eugene V. Debs
Faith is Doubt. Emily Dickinson
Skepticism is the first step towards truth. Denis Diderot
History is philosophy teaching by examples. Dionysius of Halicarnassus
Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic. Fyodor Dostoevsky
There is nothing in Socialism a little age or a little money will not cure. Will Durant
The workers under capitalism have no fatherland …. We shall not let ourselves be dragged into warring for one set of masters against another. R. Palme Dutt; Rajami Palme
Artists in Uniform Max Eastman
Kings were wont to honour philosophers, but if I had such I would honour them as angels. Elizabeth I
The castle which conservatism is set to defend is the actual state of things, good and bad. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mere analysis, that is the Party line, was … substituted for the raw, emergent movement of life itself. The psychology of human beings was descended not directly from experience but from a set of political theories. James T. Farrell
The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate [politician], as equally useful. Edward Gibbon
It is in the disposition and view of the mind, and not in the good which may accidentally and unintentionally result, that virtue consists William Godwin
The thing really to be desired is the removing as much as possible arbitrary distinctions [titles and nobility], and leaving to talents and virtue the field of exertion unimpaired William Godwin
It takes years to make a Marxist out of a bourgeois intellectual. He was fashioned in the womb of the middle class; his every fiber absorbed its traditional fears, loves, and “eternal” values … Michael Gold
I don't want to see this country run by big business and big labor. Barry Goldwater
Mass action [demonstrations and general strikes] is the instinctive action of the proletariat, gradually developing more conscious and organized forms …. It is extra-parliamentary in method, although political in purpose and result…. Mass action is the proletariat itself in action, dispensing with bureaucrats and intellectuals, acting through its own initiative; precisely this … horrifies the soul of petty bourgeois Socialism. Louis C. Fraina; Lewis Corey
Keep yourselves to what is old, for that is good; our ancestors have proved it to be good; why should not we do as they did? New ideas [i.e. democracy, parliamentary reform] are now coming forward of which I do not nor ever shall approve. Mistrust these ideas and keep to the positive. Francis I
Life is not mean to be easy. Malcolm Fraser
If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers. Frederick II
I am prepared to die but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. Mohandas K. Gandhi
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. John W. Gardner
Modern Western thought will pass into history and be incorporated in it. Alexander Herzen
If you wish the sympathy of broad masses then you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things. Adolf Hitler
During the 26 years I have spent in the public service I have been guided wholly by these economic formulas [of Marxist Socialism] as a foundation in effectuating policies and in promoting governmental measures. Daniel Webster Hoan
If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas, it is having an excess commitment to some special or constricting idea. Richard Hofstadter
When any one tells me, that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself, whether it be more probable, that this person should either deceive or be deceived, or that the fact, which he relates, should really have happened. I weigh the one miracle against the other; and according to the superiority, which I discover, I pronounce my decision, and always reject the greater miracle. David Hume
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end in superstitions. Thomas Huxley
It ought not to be unpleasant to say that which one honestly believes or disbelieves. That it so constantly is painful to do so, is quite enough obstacle to the progress of mankind in that most valuable of all qualities, honesty of word or of deed Thomas Huxley
The identification of the intellectuals with the revolutionary movement is dependent … on their complete rift with bourgeois ideology and liberalism …. The relationship of the intellectuals as a group with the working class is essentially an alliance. But the alliance can be established only on the … unadulterated principles of Marxism-Leninism. Victor Jeremy Jerome
I have never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, philosophy, in politics, or in any thing else where I was capable of thinking for myself. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. Thomas Jefferson
Let us then, dear friends, forever bow down to the general reason of society. Thomas Jefferson
[Logic and philosophy] were of no use, in the church or the state, in the cloister or the court, in peace or war, at home or abroad or anywhere but in the schools John of Salisbury
In politics it's very dangerous to have a philosophy. In a democracy you should have politicians who settle the problems that exist, not who set out to prove philosophical ideals. Francis Daniel Johnson Sr.
[Barry] Goldwater wants to repeal the present and veto the future. Lyndon B. Johnson
We will have differences. Even in our own country we do not see everything alike. If we did, we would all want the same wife—and that would be a problem, wouldn't it! Lyndon B. Johnson
The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed. James Madison
It takes but one good deed to tip the balance in humankind’s favor. Moses Maimonides; Rambam
Marxist literature dealt with wage exploitation, exploitation of women by men, the exploitation of people of color by white peoples, the exploitation of colonial countries by imperialist countries. And Marx spoke of the fact that socialism will be the kingdom of freedom, where man realizes himself in a way that humankind has never seen before. This was an inspiring body of literature to read. Albert Maltz
Give us a clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for—because unless we stand for something we will fall for anything. Peter Marshall
A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism. Karl Marx
The ruling ideas of each age have always been the ideas of the ruling class. Karl Marx
Philosophers have interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it Karl Marx
You must have a rationale for your candidacy. Mary Matalin
A society which is clamoring for choice, which is filled with many articulate groups, each urging its own brand of salvation, its own variety of economic philosophy, will give each new generation no peace until all have chosen or gone under, unable to bear the conditions of choice. The stress is in our civilization. Margaret Mead
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken
Throughout its history Islam has been marked by two trends: an intellectual trend that speculated on the philosophical foundations of the world and humanity, and another trend that turned political challenge violent by resort to force. Fatima Mernissi
It is what men think that determines how they act John Stuart Mill
Let no one say ... that radicalism is the exaggeration of liberalism; no, it is its antipodes, its extreme opposite. Radicalism is nothing more than an exaggeration of despotism; and never has despotism taken a more odious form. Charles Montalembert
There are certain things which the average Irish mind will never allow as debatable. Denis Patrick Moran
Human nature, in which the laws of politics have their roots, has not changed since the classical philosophies of China, India, and Greece endeavored to discover those laws. Hans Morgenthau
It was important that the Japanese accept responsibility for their savage behavior during the war [World War II], [but] responsibility was a question of morality and morality was a matter of religion. Japanese worship nature, but have no religious or philosophical moral basis . Hitoshi Motoshima
How do I hold my truth to be the truth when everyone else believes their truth to be different. Bill Moyers
Many a boomerang does not return but chooses freedom instead. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
You make a good politician, but you've got to develop a philosophy. Mickey Leland
Study Chairman Mao's writings, follow his teaching and act according to his instructions. Lin Piao
If all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of government. Abraham Lincoln
No one is diminished by the truth, rather does the truth ennoble all. Al Kindi
There are things I wanted to say renouncing communism in theory but they (the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee—another Civil Rights organization) would not go along. We wanted to say that it was an alien philosophy contrary to us, but they wouldn’t go along. Martin Luther King Jr.
[Trading] in a materialist age, on the unsatisfied spiritual cravings of mankind. For what do all these phantasms betoken, but a generation ashamed of its own materialism, sensuality, insincerity, ignorance, and striving to escape therefrom by any and every mad superstition which seemed likely to give an answer to the awful questions—What are we, and where? Charles Kingsley
Following the pattern of right-wing philosophizing, he [Barry Goldwater] proves his points by quoting 18th-Century Americans, 19th-Century Englishmen, and 20th-Century Communists. Andrew Kopkind
Political theories, once adopted, do not disappear so easily. Sergei Mikhailovich Kravchinski; Sergius Stepniak
Workers and peasants of Brooklyn, all I believed in was a lie. Israel Amter
A conception of law which identifies what is right with the notion of what is good for—for the individual, or the family, or the people, or the largest number—becomes inevitable once the absolute and transcendent measurements of religion or the law of nature have lost their authority Hannah Arendt
Life is a school of probability Walter Bagehot
Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are least dangerous is the man of ideas. He is acquainted with ideas, and moves among them like a lion-tamer. … the man to whom they are most dangerous is the man of no ideas. The man of no ideas will find the first idea fly to his head like wine to the head of a teetotaller Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is foolish, generally speaking, for a philosopher to set fire to another philosopher in Smithfield Market because they do not agree in their theory of the universe. That was done very frequently in the last decadence of the Middle Ages. Gilbert K. Chesterton
We’ve got to do a better job of conveying our philosophy and ideas to people around the world … Hillary Clinton
If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes
Those consecrating themselves to communism must not only cast out truth, mercy, justice, and personal honor, but undergo a sickening discipline in lies, cruelty, crime, and self-abasement. Max Eastman
Wisconsin is the fountain source of Progressivism. It is the scene of the chief political success of Socialism. Max Eastman
For the good of Spain, I should like there to be rather fewer rich people and rather fewer poor. Francisco Franco
A well conducted government must have an underlying concept so well integrated that it could be likened to a system of philosophy. All actions taken must be well reasoned, and all financial, political and military matters must flow towards one goal, which is the strengthening of the state and the furthering of its power. Frederick II
Historians of the future will examine how and why, the end disappearing behind the means, the Communists spirit ceased to be opposed to the Fascist spirit, and even to be differentiated from it. Andre Gide
Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. Andre Gide
Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, “the greatest,” but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is. Sydney J. Harris
Do I appear to you to have come to a wrong decision, if I devote that time to philosophy, which I otherwise should have spent at the loom? Hipparchia
it is in vaine for a man to have a Right to the end, if the Right to the necessary meanes be deny'd him. Thomas Hobbes
All fixed capital, not only in the first instance, as is generally admitted, but in every stage of society, at every period in the history of man, is the creation of labour … Thomas Hodgskin
So dependent is man on man, and so much does this dependence increase as society advances, that hardly any labour of any single individual, however much it may contribute to the whole produce of society, is of the least value but as forming a part of the great social task. Thomas Hodgskin
Profit does not decrease but increase in the progress of society Thomas Hodgskin
In truth, also, however the matter may be disguised, the combinations among workmen to obtain higher wages, which are now so general and so much complained of, are practical attacks on the claims of capital…. On the side of the labourers there is physical strength, for they are more numerous than their opponents. They are also fast losing that reverence for their opponents which was and is the source of their power, and they are daily acquiring a moral strength which results from a common interest and a close and intimate union … Thomas Hodgskin
What difference would it practically make to anyone if this notion rather than that notion were true? If no practical difference could be traced, then … all dispute is idle. William James
A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen Thomas Jefferson
When Europe was dominated by the two Black Birds of Fascism and Stalinism most European political leaders thought that you had to be for one and against the other, when the important thing was to be against both of these. Bernard-Henri Levy
… the idiocy of rural life Karl Marx
In the United States of America, where, true enough, the classes already exist, but have not yet acquired permanent character, are in constant flux and reflux, constantly changing their elements and yielding them up to one another Karl Marx
Spend most of the day reading fascisti pamphlets. They certainly have turned the whole country into an army. From cradle to grave one is cast in the mould of fascismo and there can be no escape…. It is certainly a socialist experiment in that it destroys individuality. It also destroys liberty. Harold Nicolson
The philosophers, who have inquired into the foundations of society, have all felt the necessity of going back to a state of nature; but not one of them has got there. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Our world has sprouted a weird concept of security and a warped sense of morality. Weapons are sheltered like treasures and children are exposed to incineration Bertrand Russell
A philosophy is not genuine unless it expires and expresses the life of those who cherish it—the very things that the “hereditary theosophy” of America has singularly failed to do. George Santayana
Although Americans … usually say that thought is for the sake of action, it has evidently been in these high moments, when action became incandescent in thought, that they have been most truly alive, and although doing nothing, have found at last that their existence was worth while. George Santayana
But the devil wants to turn religion into arguments and discussions. He wants reasoning to replace spirit and argument to replace practices, thus the religious life becomes mere reasoning as if Christianity were a philosophy which is studied and analyzed Shenouda III
No philosopher's stone of a constitution can produce golden conduct from leaden instincts. Herbert Spencer
It doesn't really matter what one writes into a constitution. The important thing is what the collective instinct eventually makes of it. Oswald Spengler
You may not be interested in the dialectic, but the dialectic is interested in you. Leon Trotsky
Distribution of the wealth of the world is something for which no one sees a practical solution Caetano Veloso
The antiquity of an abuse is no justification for its continuance. Voltaire
Many more of our young people have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy and the other arts of peace. But liberty is not quite the same thing as opportunity; the fact that young people are free to develop their abilities and talents in constructive ways does not necessarily mean that they will do so, unless they get help and support from adults. Colin Powell
A democratic state must feel before it can see; that is what makes it slow to act. But the people, at last, will be right. George Washington
Note how the decay of one nation invigorates another. This strange white man -- consider him, his gifts are manifold! His tireless brain, his busy hands do wonders for his race. Those things which we despise he holds as treasures; yet he is so great and so flourishing that there must be some virtue and truth in his philosophy. Spotted Tail; Sinte Gleska
The masses of the people are no lovers of changes which run counter to immemorial custom Yuan Shikai
Democracy can be defined in many different ways. This is one reason why there have existed so many varieties of -democratic- states in the world Youichi Ito
The difference between democracy and autocracy is whether people are organized from the bottom up or the top down Herbert Hoover
… that veiled sister of communism – legalistic socialism Herbert Hoover
The overall or political objective is to impose upon Russia the will of the United States and British Empire. Hastings Ismay
The political class is becoming increasingly alien to the people. Alain Touraine
… post-industrial society Alain Touraine
In a theocratic country, a leftist political opposition must be prepared to counter the clergy’s claim that the nation’s identity is defined by its religious tradition. So the left needs a specifically secularist form of moral fervor, one which centers around citizens’ respect for one another, rather than on the nation’s relation to God. Richard Rorty
… in contriving any system of government and fixing the several checks and controls of the constitution, every man ought to be supposed a knave and to have no other end, in all his actions, than private interest. By this interest we must govern him and, by means of it, make him, notwithstanding his insatiable avarice and ambition, cooperate to public good. David Hume
Criticism may be made without regard to organizational discipline: Mao Zedong
With the master, what is new and significant develops vigorously amid the 'manure' of contradictions out of the contradictory phenomena. The underlying contradictions themselves testify to the richness of the living foundation from which the theory itself developed. It is different with the disciple. His raw material is no longer reality, but the new theoretical form in which the master has sublimated. Karl Marx
There should not be any immigration policy. We should welcome anyone who wants to come here. Ronald E. Paul
Excessive liberty leads both nations and individuals into excessive slavery. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Between the working class and the capitalist class, there is an irrepressible conflict, a class struggle for life. No glib-tongued politician can vault over it, no capitalist professor or official statistician can argue it away; no capitalist parson can veil it; no labor faker can straddle it; no “reform” architect can bridge it over. It crops up in all manner of ways Daniel DeLeon
Conservatism, by all means, if there is anything worth conserving, and everything not worth losing. Revolution, if there is nothing worth conserving, and everything worth gaining. These are the class lines upon which the political battle is being fought, and is bound to be fought Daniel DeLeon
Private property is a creature of society, and is subject to the calls of that society, wherever its necessities shall require it… Daniel DeLeon
Socialism and communism are now so near each other that there is hardly any difference between them. In the past they differed from each other as does liberalism from democracy Joseph Dietzgen
Ideology is a process accomplished by the so-called thinker consciously, it is true, but with a false consciousness. The real motive forces impelling him remain unknown to him; otherwise it simply would not be an ideological process. Hence he imagines false or seeming motive forces. Friedrich Engels
Slavery, by separating the mass of the ignorant from each other, and bringing them in contact and daily intercourse with the well-informed, becomes an admirable educational system - no doubt a necessary one. By subjecting them to the constant control and supervision of their superiors, interested in enforcing morality, it becomes the best and most efficient police system George Fitzhugh
The issue [slavery] is clear, explicit, determinate. The parties understand each other, and are drawn in battle array. They can never be reconciled--never walk together--never consent to a truce--never deal in honeyed phrases--never worship at the same altar-never acknowledge the same God. Between them there is an impassable gulf. In manners, in morals, in philosophy, in religion, in ideas of justice, in notions of law, in theories of government, in valuations or men, they are totally dissimilar. William Lloyd Garrison
What did the workers and peasants gain when power passed from the kings and nobles to the bankers and manufacturers? Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
Every form of organization that does not allow the masses to rule and to guide for themselves, must need be counter-revolutionary and harmful Herman Gorter
In Western Europe we still have, in many countries, leaders of the type of the Second International; here we are still seeking the right leaders, those that do not try to dominate the masses, that do not betray them; and as long as we do not find these leaders, we want to do all things from below Herman Gorter
The lower middle classes as well as the peasants, … always side with the strongest Herman Gorter
Militarism is, as all International Congresses have declared, the natural and unavoidable result of the capitalist regime, based on the class struggle, and that this militarism cannot be abolished without abolishing its source, the capitalist regime Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
Wherever the proletariat, organized in a class party- which is to say a party of revolution — can penetrate an elective assembly; wherever it can penetrate an enemy citadel, it has not only the right, but the obligation to make a breach and set up a socialist garrison in the capitalist fortress! Jules Guesde; Jules Bazile
In world history man’s actions result in something quite different from what he purposes or intends. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Only in a communistic society will labor be no longer exploited, but rather rationally measured. Only in a communistic society will a hedonistic calculation become practicable, unimpaired by the private exploitation of social forces. Antonio Labriola
War is coming. That’s inevitable. The capitalist world has reached a state of putrid ferment, and people are already affected by the poison of chauvinism and nationalism. I think we shall yet witness an all-European war. The proletariat? I hardly think the proletariat will find the strength to prevent a blood-bath…The proletariat will suffer terribly, of course, such, alas, is its fate for the time being. But its enemies will enfeeble one another; that, too, is inevitable. Nikolai Lenin
It is always a delicate matter for a Socialist to pronounce publicly an opinion on the state and prospects of our movement in another country where there are Socialist organizations. Wilhelm Liebknecht
Yes: dictatorship . . . But this dictatorship must be the work of the class and not that of a leading minority in the name of the class; that is to say, it must, step by step, arise from the active participation of the class, remain under its direct influence, and be subordinated to the control of publicity and be the outcome of the political experience of the whole people Rosa Luxemburg
What is to-day the foreign policy of all States – namely, a policy of robbery or barter, where every State tries to swindle the other in its own interest – this foreign policy cannot be controlled by an assembly consisting of several hundred people. A Parliament can certainly lay down the lines on which foreign policy must go, but it cannot control the carrying out of its wishes; it cannot prevent the aims of the policy being changed in the process of execution. A Cabinet that represents the interests of the dynasty and the ruling classes against foreign countries can never show the cards to Parliament, while they are cheating or trying to cheat the foreigners Franz Mehring
The philosopher never counted he was never invited to play the role of d’ai—propagandist for reform ideas. That role went to the fuqaha, the religious authorities.. Ali Oumlil
Since the Russian revolutionary movement finally took the path of open struggle against absolutism, the question of the socialists’ political tasks has become the most vital and most burning question for our party. Because of it people have drifted apart who had been attached to each other by many years of joint practical work, because of it whole groups and organizations have fallen to pieces. It can even be said that all Russian socialists have temporarily been split into two camps supporting diametrically opposite views on “politics”. Extremes were unavoidable in this matter, as always in such cases. Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov
There is no need for laws voted by a majority or unanimously. Every citizen, every commune and corporation will establish their own particular laws. Pierre Joseph Proudhon
The government belongs wholly to the toiling masses and their fully empowered representatives, the Soviets of Workers', Soldiers', and Peasants' Deputies. Russia
The era of individualism, liberalism and democracy, of humanitarianism and freedom, is nearing its end. The masses will accept with resignation the victory of the Caesars, the strong men, and will obey them. Life will descend to a level of general uniformity, a new kind of primitivism, and the world will be better for it..... Oswald Spengler
The future of the West is not a limitless tending upwards and onwards for all time towards our presents ideals, but a single phenomenon of history, strictly limited and defined as to form and duration, which covers a few centuries Oswald Spengler
Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism Friedrich Engels
Germany is made to travel in, Italy to sojourn in,… and France to live in, [but England was made] to think in. Charles de Montesquieu
We are poor with all the wealth and commerce of the entire universe, and soon, on account of having solders, we shall have nothing but soldiers, and we will become like the Tartars. Charles de Montesquieu
Our society today is much more Hamiltonian than Jeffersonian. Edmund Morgan (historian)
The word conservative has become so loaded by people who are radical and don’t want to admit that they are radical. Edmund Morgan (historian)
The whole of Britain’s international trading system, foreign policy and even Britain’s various conflicting political parties were maintained for one reason; and for one reason alone – that the money power of the world may rule the British people and through them they may rule mankind. Oswald Mosley
unrealizable dreams…. I shall uphold the principle of autocracy as firmly and unflinchingly as did my ever-lamented father. Nicholas II
A dominion then, whose well-being depends on any man's good faith, and whose affairs cannot be properly administered, unless those who are engaged in them will act honestly, will be very unstable. On the contrary, to insure its permanence, its public affairs should be so ordered, that those who administer them, whether guided by reason or passion, cannot be led to act treacherously or basely. Baruch Spinoza
The true knowledge of good and evil arouses disturbances of the mind Baruch Spinoza
Some people are sure to say that women who spend their time with philosophers are bound to become self-willed and arrogant, deserting their households for the company of [other ] men, practicing speeches, talking like sophists, when they ought to be sat at home spinning Musonius; Musonius Rufus
We shall never desist from working for the common good, helping one another, and even our enemies, till our helping hand is stricken with age Lucius Annaeus Seneca
If the opportunity offers, the Cynic [philosopher] must speak up on the public platform …. You must be able to explain to individuals as well as to a crowd of people the battle they're embroiled in Epictetus
A good physician goes to be helpful where there is most sickness. So a good philosopher should be where there is most stupidity Diogenes
All the world is heavy with the promise of greater things, and the day will come … when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins shall stand upon this earth … and shall laugh and reach out their hands amid the stars. H. G. Wells
We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others Blaise Pascal
All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas. Immanuel Kant
I lift my hand to fight Communism and I find the hand of the Western World is sticking knives into my back. Richard Wright
One of the things that made the marriage between liberty and popular sovereignty possible was the welfare state. Democracy has three parts. It has liberty, it has popular sovereignty, and it has a social safety net as well Michael Mandelbaum
Democracy is not like a pizza where you can order out and have it brought in. Democracy is more like a tree. You have to plant it and care for it. Michael Mandelbaum
Free markets tend to promote democracy. Michael Mandelbaum
In the modern era, the wealthiest and most successful countries have been democracies. Michael Mandelbaum
Democracy is a relatively new form of government. Michael Mandelbaum
If you have an election no mater how free, if you do not have a government that respects people’s rights, you don’t have a democracy. Michael Mandelbaum
The problem is capitalism. The only solution, as difficult as this may be to contemplate at the present time, is socialism. John Bellamy Foster
The transition from authoritarianism to democracy is not as easy as it appears in position papers – it is a rambunctious affair. Husain Haqqani
Communism was not only defined as the things that Marx and Lenin had advocated, but included anything that had the potential for change in the society. Arthur Chaskalson
An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. Sydney J. Harris
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. Sydney J. Harris
Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, “the greatest,” but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is. Sydney J. Harris
In the United States the people are the government; and their united voice is the only sovereign that should rule; the only power that should be obeyed; and the only gentlemen that should be honored; at home and abroad; on the land and the sea. Joseph Smith, Jr.
A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim. L. Neil Smith
Libertarians are my most intense enemies Ayn Rand
We do not consider our principles as dogmas contained in books that are said to come from heaven. We derive our inspiration, not from heaven, or from an unseen world, but directly from life. Kemal Ataturk
Arab nationalism is not a theory but the source of all theories Michel Aflaq
You can’t negotiate with them. You can’t buy them off. They want a change of the world. The only way to defeat the Islamic Fundamentalist terrorists is to persuade them to abandon their effort…. It must be an intellectual victory. Paul Berman
If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant, I should point to India. And if I were to ask myself from what literature we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thoughts of Greeks and Romans, and of the Semitic race, the Jewish, may draw the corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human a life...again I should point to India Max Muller
It is far from easy to determine whether Nature has proved to man a kind parent or a merciless stepmother. Pliny the Elder
It takes as much time and trouble to pull down a falsehood as to build up a truth. Peter Latham
Philosophy of agriculture itself is changing, becoming systematized and mechanized…. Men of virtue and talents ... are bringing science to the aid of agriculture and introducing method and management to the dull monotony of a farmers life Hezekiah Niles
One class of philosophers calls every extraordinary appearance a judgment or a sign; another class views everything as the working of matter and motion. These two sets are at war with each other. The one denounces the other as superstitious or atheistical. Hezekiah Niles
Political philosophy has always only held up a mirror to contemporary times. Woodrow Wilson
For my part, I esteem liberty so valuable a blessing in society, that whatever favor, its progress and security can scares be too fondly cherished by every one who is a lover of human kind David Hume
We contend against reason, philosophy, and nature itself; forget the great rule of doing to others as we would they should do unto us ; and after wasting our blood and treasure to no purpose, we at last sit down faint and exhausted, abandon our vain projects only because it is impossible to pursue them, and then leave it to the reasoners of a succeeding age to show how egregious has been our folly, and how blind our fury. William Smyth
We ascend the hill-tops of philosophy, not to gaze up at the ever-visible heavens, but to embrace in one grand view the human world beneath us. Arnold J. Toynbee
When we reason upon general subjects, one may justly affirm, that our speculations can scarce ever be too fine, provided they be just. David Hume
The historical method has revolutionized Political Economy, not by showing its laws to be false, but by proving that they are relative for the most part to a particular stage of civilization. This destroys their character as eternal laws, and strips them of much of their force and all their sanctity. In this way the historical method has rescued us from intellectual superstitions. Arnold J. Toynbee
I suppose that the community, so far as this island is concerned, would not sink into chaos if this was a republic and not a monarchy; but in my opinion the Empire would sink into chaos. You could not have at the head of an Empire, so peculiarly constituted as ours is, a President elected, let us say, as the President of the United States is, every four years—the creation, or at all events the choice of a party, changing many times in the lifetime of every individual, and representing the abstraction of a Constitution and not the personal head of an Empire. You could never direct the Empire on that principle simply because, if you insisted on having an elected President in this country, he would be elected by the electorate of this country and not by the electorate of the Crown or of the Crown Colonies. Arthur Balfour
Between a conservative republic and a constitutional monarchy there is merely a difference in form. Benjamin Constant; Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque
Individualism and Socialism Pierre Leroux
Bestow rewards, erect statues, confer even titles so that they be personal alone; but never bind the crown of merit on the brow of sloth. Jeremy Bentham
Kings are in morality what monsters are in the world of nature. Henri Gregoire; Abbe Gregoire
We need no other proof . . . than what we have seen in our own country, where in a few years good discipline and a just encouragement given to those who did well, produced more examples of pure, complete, incorruptible, and invincible virtue than Rome or Greece could ever boast Algernon Sidney
It is better to be the subject of a prince than of a republic, for a republic keeps its subjects under, and gives no share of its greatness save to its own citizens; a prince is common to all, one man is as much his subject as another, therefore every one can hope to be favoured or employed. Francesco Guicciardini
It is very true that I threw up my cap for liberty with great ardor, and perfect sincerity, but very soon found the folly of it. A hundred years to come my people will not be fit for liberty. They do not know what it is, unenlightened as they are, and under the influence of a Catholic clergy, a despotism is the proper government for them, but there is no reason why it should not be a wise and virtuous one. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
It was a republic, but unlike any other republic that had ever existed. There were neither taxes nor police, nor an army, nor an administrative officer, nor a foreign policy, nor indeed any joint means of coercion; only the heads of the scattered settlements—settlements divided one from another by snow mountains and lava fields and belts of black volcanic sand and pebbles — met together once a year in a common assembly and agreed to obey and enforce a common law. Herbert A. L. Fisher
I don’t have an ideology. Ronald Reagan
A bureau that benefits a well organized interest group will fare better in getting the sinews for administration than a bureau whose benefits are diffused over unorganized consumers or whose function is to restrain rather than to confer benefits. James W. Fessler II
The carelessness and negligence of the governments of the world, which wholly intent upon the care of aggrandizing themselves, at the same time neglect the happiness of the people and with it their own peace and security. David Hume
I am too inquisitive, too questionable, too exuberant to stand for any gross answer. God is a gross answer, an indelicacy against us thinkers—at bottom merely a gross prohibition for us: you shall not think! Friedrich Nietzsche
Fewness of people, is real poverty; and a Nation wherein are Eight Millions of people, are more than twice as rich as the same scope of Land wherein are but Four William Petty
Science must begin with myths and with the criticism of myth. Karl Popper
Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know. Bertrand Russell
All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible George Santayana
The true contrast between science and myth is more nearly touched when we say that science alone is capable of verification. George Santayana
In the affairs of men, there always appears to be a need for at least two things simultaneously, which, on the face of it, seem to be incompatible and to exclude one another. We always need both freedom and order Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
Priests will pardon thieves but not philosophers. Lemuel K. Washburn
Autonomy of the individual in an autonomous community Anonymous
Rationalism came to Islam pretty early and was rejected pretty early, and it was under the influence of Greek philosophy that it came Khaled Ahmed
Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrines of the weak. Robert G. Ingersoll
The existence of the: Soviet Republic, side by side with the imperialist states for a long time is unthinkable. One or the other must triumph in the end. Vladimir Lenin
To be a political philosopher is more a vocation than a career …. it is a vocation for thinking about the political. Not just day-to-day politics, but about the phenomenon of the political, that all communities of any degree of complexity organize themselves according to certain principles of justice, equality, reciprocity, and authority. Seyla Benhabib
Free thought is a virtue that cannot be crushed Baruch Spinoza
Man must have an incentive to set him in motion before he can be given a goal towards which this motion should be directed. This incentive can obviously be none other than the law itself Immanuel Kant
The public use of man's reason must always be free, and it alone can cause enlightenment. Immanuel Kant
I differ from most of you on most of the issues of life, and I’m going to keep it up. Alexander Meiklejohn
Under the banner of Romanticism, which broke down old laws in the arts, in philosophy, which called out for unlimited freedom of thought, we called for a political revolution. Jozefat Boleslaw Ostrowski
The cause of the people is the holy cause, the cause of God. Felicite Robert de Lamennais
Our movement has accomplished nothing—anywhere. Alexander Berkman
There are two means by which states are maintained in their weal and greatness--reward and penalty: the one for the good, the other for the bad. And, if the distribution of these two be faulty, nothing else is to be expected than the inevitable ruin of the state. . . . Jean Bodin
I have been an anarchist all my life. I hope I have remained one. I should consider it very sad indeed had I to turn to a General and rule men with a military rod.... I believe, as I always have, in freedom. The freedom which rests on the sense of responsibility. I consider discipline indispensable, but it must be inner discipline, motivated by a common purpose and a strong feeling of comradeship Buenaventura Durruti
I do not expect any help for a libertarian revolution from any Government in the world… Buenaventura Durruti
No government in the world fights Fascism to the death. When the bourgeoisie sees power slipping from its grasp, it has recourse to Fascism to maintain itself. The Liberal Government of Spain could have rendered the Fascist elements powerless long ago. Instead it compromised and dallied. Even now at this moment, there are men in this Government who want to go easy on the rebels. You can never tell, you know, the present Government might yet need these rebellious forces to crush the workers' movement . . . Buenaventura Durruti
To us it means nothing that there is a Soviet Union somewhere in the world, for the sake of whose peace and tranquility the workers of Germany and China were sacrificed to Fascist barbarians by Stalin Buenaventura Durruti
I had heard of the Cyclopes, and then of the tyrants, both savage inhabitants; but of the coming of this third race of monsters, armed with two-edged arguments, and fiercer than the burning shores of Taormina itself, I was unaware. Francesco Petrarca
You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. Robert M. Pirsig
We need the historian and philosopher to give us with trenchant pen, the story of our forefathers, and let our soul and body, with phosphorescent light, brighten the chasm that separates us. We should cling to them just as blood is thicker than water. Arthur Alfonso Schomburg
The American people are rhetorically Jeffersonian and operationally Hamiltonian. George Will
People have increasingly come to regard the government as a source of rights rather than as a defender of pre-existing individual rights. Edward W. Younkins
When property is owned communally, everyone has an incentive to use it up quickly, before someone else does. No-one bothers to maintain or improve it, because their efforts will simply benefit others Karen Selick
What is the basic unit of "self" in the expression "self-government?" How large does your group have to be before it can be a government unto itself? In fact, do you have to be part of a group at all? Karen Selick
There is scarce any Principle, neither in the worship of God, nor humane sciences, from whence there may not spring dissentions, discords, reproaches, and by degrees war it self Thomas Hobbes
In vain do they worship peace at home, who cannot defend themselves against foreigners. Thomas Hobbes
This submission of the wills of all those men to the will of one man, or one Counsel, is then made, when each one of them obligeth himself by contract to every one of the rest, not to resist the will of that one man, or counsel, to which he hath submitted himselfe; that is, that he refuse him not the use of his wealth, and strength, against any others whatsoever (for he is supposed still to retain a Right of defending himself against violence) and this is called UNION Thomas Hobbes
All laws are silent in the time of war. Anonymous
We are oblig'd therefore, by promises proceeding from fear, except the Civill Law forbid them, by vertue whereof, that which is promised becomes unlawfull. Thomas Hobbes
… those things to be held in common which cannot be divided Thomas Hobbes
Good men must defend themselves by taking to them for a Sanctuary the two daughters of War, Deceit and Violence: Thomas Hobbes
Wee see even in well-governed States, where there are lawes and punishments appointed for offendors, yet particular men travell not without their Sword by their sides, for their defences, neither sleep they without shutting not only their doores against their fellow Subjects, but also their Trunks and Coffers for feare of domestiques. Can men give a clearer testimony of the distrust they have each of other, and all, of all? Thomas Hobbes
My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm—as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy. Camille Paglia
No state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict. Desiderius Erasmus
The purpose of oratory or philosophy [is to] respectively leave people in a fighting or thoughtful mood. F. Scott Fitzgerald
one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all. Denis Diderot
Ignorance, forgetfulness, or contempt of the rights of man are the only causes of public misfortunes and of the corruption of governments. France
Were it not for the corruption and viciousness of degenerate men, there would be no ... necessity that men should separate from this great and natural community, and by positive agreements combine into smaller and divided associations. John Locke
What brought Conservatism into existence was the French Revolution. Hugh Cecil
Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country. Peter McWilliams
Monarchy is only the string that ties the robber's bundle Percy Bysshe Shelley
The natural world is the lowest element, the scum of creation. What is decisive is the beyond: the divine world, that is eternal. Ruhollah Khomeini
We are all Keynesians now. Richard Nixon
Are we really certain that the mechanism of society, like the mechanism of the heavenly bodies or the mechanism of the human body, is subject to general laws? Are we really certain that it is a harmoniously organized whole? Or is it not true that what is most notable in society is the absence of all order? Frederic Bastiat
No philosophical opinion, however ancient, however generally received, ought to rest upon authority. There is no presumption in requiring evidence for it, or in regulating our belief by the evidence we can find. Thomas Reid
There are three things which the wise man holds in reverence: the Will of Heaven, those in authority, and the words of the sages Confucius
There is nothing so strange and unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another Rene Descartes
Under perfectly controlled conditions, man and every other organism behaves as it damn well pleases. Jacques Lipitz
King Henry VIII has more learning than any English monarch ever possessed before him. What may we not expect from a king who has been nourished by philosophy and the nine Muses? Thomas More
To convince someone of the truth, it is not enough to state it, but rather one must find the path from error to truth. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things Epictetus
There is no more dangerous error than that of mistaking the effect for the cause. Friedrich Nietzsche
Tyrants would have cause to tremble if reason were to become the rule of duty in any of the relations of life, for the light might spread till perfect day appeared. And when it did appear, how would men smile at the sight of the bugbears at which they started during the night of ignorance, or the twilight of timid inquiry? Mary Wollstonecraft
Traditions come from the past, of high import if they be True ;, Ay, but weak is the chain of those who warrant their truth. Consult thy reason and let perdition take others all :, Of all the conference Reason best will counsel and guide. Abdallah Al-Maarri
There is more truth in honest doubt, Believe me, than in all the creeds. Alfred Tennyson
Any time I found a new piece of knowledge or wisdom, I would thank Allah for it. Then Allah would bless me with more of it. Abu Hanifa Numan ibn Thabit; Hanifa Abu
Not by force of arms are civilizations held together, but by subtle threads of moral and intellectual principle. Russell Kirk
The specious figments of genius, and the erratic flights of philosophy, may excite our wonder, but they cannot stand the ordeal of scrutiny, or the Lydian touch of experiment. DeWitt Clinton
I have opinions of my own—strong opinions—but I don’t always agree with them. George W. Bush
Modern physics often advances only by sacrificing some of our traditional philosophical convictions Fritz Wolfgang London
Found your opinions on facts, not prejudices. We know too many things that are not true Charles Kettering
What the founders of modern science ... had to do was to destroy one world and replace it by another. They had to reshape the framework of our intellect itself, to restate and to reform its concepts, to evolve a new approach to Being, a new concept of knowledge, and a new concept of science — and even to replace a pretty natural approach, that of common sense, by another which is not natural at all. Alexandre Koyre
Technology has become our culture Kevin Kelly
Unearned suffering is redemptive. Martin Luther King Jr.
Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is an absurd one. Voltaire
We are what we think…With our thoughts we make the world. Buddha
Convictions are much more an enemy of the truth than lies. Friedrich Nietzsche
Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle. Annie Besant
I must find a truth that is true for me. Soren Kierkegaard
It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are Soren Kierkegaard
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life. Karl Kraus
Truth is not something static; it has no fixed abode; it is not an end, a goal. On the contrary, it is living, dynamic, alert, alive. How can it be an end? If truth is a fixed point, it is no longer truth; it is then a mere opinion. Jiddu Krishnamurti
There are two sides to every question, exactly opposite to each other. Protagoras
Philosophy triumphs easily over past and future evils; but present evils triumph over philosophy. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Truth in all its kinds is most difficult to win; and truth in medicine is the most difficult of all. Peter Latham
One must be very naïve or dishonest to imagine that men choose their beliefs independently of their situation. Claude Levi-Strauss
Everything that is possible demands to exist. Gottfried Leibniz
We are here to help others; what the others are here for, I have no idea. W. H. Auden
These doctrines of German romanticism, racialism, and nationalism have developed revolutionary forces which only await the day to break forth and fill the world with terror and astonishment. Heinrich Heine
I dread the reveries of you philosophic politicians. Alexander Hamilton
I am ... one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes. Che Guevara
I have found here in America a philosophic revolution, philosophically effected. Thomas Jefferson
The beginning of all wisdom is recognition of facts Juho Kusti Paasikivi
Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher. Thomas Paine
Objectivity in the end is an unattainable ideal. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Preserve the sayings of those people who are indifferent to the world. They say only that which God wishes them to say. Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true Socialist Pius XI
The tail must wag the dog, for the horse is drawn by the cart Rudyard Kipling
The optimist says, ‘this is the best of all possible worlds.’ The pessimist considers that statement for a while and then says, ‘Yes, you are right.’ Voltaire
… a long time ago, in the future … Anonymous
The ... progress of improvement and discovery ought not to be overlooked. ... Philosophy already directs her finger at sources of inexhaustible power. ... We are on the eve of mechanical discoveries still greater than any which have yet appeared. Dionysius Lardner
By fearing whom I trust I find my way To truth; by trusting wholly I betray The trust of wisdom; better far is doubt Which brings the false into the light of day. Abdallah Al-Maarri
Three ideas stand out above all others in the influence they have exerted and are destined to exert upon the development of the human race: The idea of the Golden Rule, the idea of natural law, and the idea of age-long growth, or evolution. Robert Andrews Millikan
Are we right in adopting a teleological viewpoint, a belief that a radiant and beneficent purpose guides the fate of men and of nations and will leave us forward to that higher state of social development? Christian L. Lange
Power may be defined as the production of intended effects Bertrand Russell
Democracy is not a form of government. It is a political philosophy that can be embodied in various systems of government. John Allen Fraser
Looking back at the worst times, it always seems that they were times in which there were people who believed with absolute faith and absolute dogmatism in something. And they were so serious in this matter that they insisted that the rest of the world agree with them. And then they would do things that were directly inconsistent with their own beliefs in order to maintain that what they said was true. Richard P. Feynman
I believe in limited government. I believe that government should be limited in many ways, …. No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race Richard P. Feynman
Yet you must not cling to the words of the old sages either; they, too, may not be right. Even if you believe them, you should be alert so that, in the event that something superior comes along, you may follow that. Dogen
Society is one word, but many things. John Dewey
Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril and no one can wholly predict what will emerge in its place. John Dewey
A belief in the purposeful complexity of Fate is always more comforting than random, straightforward facts Bradley Denton
Hatred is the anger of the weak. Alphonse Daudet
The final test of a theory is its capacity to solve the problems which originated it. George B. Dantzig
It is an insult to a starving people to offer them religion; it is an insult to a starving man to teach him metaphysics. Swami Vivekananda; Narendra Nath
Happy is the one who knows the causes of things. Virgil
… we have one life on this planet. We have one chance to live it and to contribute to the future of society and the future of life. The only "afterlife" is what other people remember of you. Craig Venter
As men are killed by fighting, the truth is lost in disputing. Henry Vaughan
Faith feels itself secure neither with universal consent, nor with tradition, nor with authority. It seeks support of its enemy, reason. Miguel de Unamuno
Progress usually comes from the barbarian, and there is nothing more stagnant than the philosophy of the philosophers and the theology of the theologians. Miguel de Unamuno
Optimism is a duty. The future is open. It is not predetermined. No one can predict it, except by chance. We all contribute to determining it by what we do. We are all equally responsible for its success. Karl Popper
It [industrial capitalism] came to be believed in as a gospel, ... from which it was regarded as little short of immoral to depart. Arnold J. Toynbee
Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one. Henry David Thoreau
The wise fathers did not treat the country as a Chinese foot, never to grow after infancy; but, anticipating Progress, they declared expressly that their great Act is not final. According to the Constitution itself, there is not one of its existing provisions — not even that with regard to fugitives from labor — which may not at all times be reached by amendment, and thus be drawn into debate. This is rational and just. Sir, nothing from man's hands, nor law, nor constitution, can be final. Truth alone is final. Charles Sumner
The verdict of history ... is that worn out ideas have never risen to power among a people who have worn them out. Muhammad Iqbal
A society based on … reality must reconcile in its life, the categories of permanence and change. Muhammad Iqbal
Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. John Steinbeck
Dislike of another’s opinions and beliefs neither justifies our own nor makes us more certain of them: and to transfer the repugnance to the person himself is a mark of a vulgar mind. John Lancaster Spalding
However firmly thou holdest to thy opinions, if truth appears on the opposite side, throw down thy arms at once. John Lancaster Spalding
Data is not necessarily information. Information does not necessarily lead to knowledge. And knowledge is not always sufficient to discover truth and breed wisdom. Gene Spafford
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or happily on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past. Sophocles
A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are not libertarians, regardless of what they may claim. L. Neil Smith
Politically, economically and philosophically the motive of self-interest not only is but must...and ought to be the mainspring of human conduct... Frederick Elwin Smith Birkenhead
Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith. Item by item he has to reason out every nook and corner of the prevailing faith. If after considerable reasoning one is led to believe in any theory or philosophy, his faith is welcomed. His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary. Bhagat Singh
George W. Bush is conservative but he is not a conservative. William F. Buckley Jr.
Ideas are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Madmen in authority who hear voices in the air are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribblers of a few years back. Sooner or later, it is ideas, rather than vested interests, which are dangerous for good or for evil. John Kenneth Galbraith
The knowable world is incomplete if seen from any one point of view, incoherent if seen from all points of view at once, and empty if seen from nowhere in particular. Richard A. Shweder
Belief is involuntary; nothing involuntary is meritorious or reprehensible. A man ought not to be considered worse or better for his belief. Percy Bysshe Shelley
May each man be known, for the deeds he has done. Shammai
A civilization is a social entity that manifests religious, political legal, and customary uniformity over an extended period, and which confers on its members the benefits of socially accumulated knowledge. Roger Scruton
The first thing a principle does is kill somebody. Dorothy L. Sayers
… facts are like cows. If you stare them in the face hard enough, they generally run away. Dorothy L. Sayers
A setback is a setup for a comeback. Robert Harold Schuller
But shall gravity be therefore called an occult cause, and thrown out of philosophy, because the cause of gravity is occult and not yet discovered? Those who affirm this, should be careful not to fall into an absurdity that may overturn the foundations of all philosophy. For causes usually proceed in a continued chain from those that are more compounded to those that are more simple; when we are arrived at the most simple cause we can go no farther ... These most simple causes will you then call occult and reject them? Then you must reject those that immediately depend on them. Roger Cotes
I do not conceive of any manifestation of culture, of science, of art, as purposes in themselves. I think the purpose of science and culture is man. Fidel Castro
To be and to think are one and the same for us. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
… one must never forget that in the drama of existence we are ourselves both actors and spectators. Niels Bohr
Thus there can be no doubt that the world was not created in time but with time. An event in time happens after one time and before another, after the past and before the future. But at the time of creation there could have been no past, because there was nothing created to provide the change and movement which is the condition of time. Saint Augustine; Aurelius
Philosophy … consists chiefly in suggesting unintelligible answers to insoluble problems. Henry Adams
Philosophers and theologians have yet to learn that a physical fact is as sacred as a moral principle. Louis Agassiz
Not every obnoxious talk leads to progress, but we cannot tell which unusual idea, which seditious thought will be tomorrow's accepted truth and enshrined right ... after all, all that we take for granted, was once deemed extremely objectionable... So, not knowing where the next big step in the progress of human civilization will come from, we open our ears, our minds and our hearts to the new, the unusual and the contrarian. Ismail Serageldin
Is it not time to awaken from the deceitful dream of a golden age and to adopt a practical maxim for the direction of our political conduct that we, as well as the other inhabitants of the globe, are yet remote from the happy empire of perfect wisdom and perfect virtue? Alexander Hamilton
It would be most irksome to be ruled by a bevy of Platonic Guardians. Learned Hand
Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. Sarah Margaret Fuller
Our American philosophy bids us test every dogma by its results -- the dogma of competition no less than any other. William James
America has shown how a free people can found a democracy shorn of all the terrors which for so many ages haunted the dreams of philosophers. Herbert Tuttle
[Ideological] Purity is fine but it doesn’t win elections and is not a governing strategy. Compromise is required. Kenneth M. Duberstein
The truth of an idea is not a stagnant property inherent in it. Truth happens to an idea. It becomes true, is made true by events: its verity is in fact an event, a process: the process namely of its verifying itself... William James
… to the Canadian, the American is an absolutist in his political philosophy. His history from the beginning has made him so. The first Puritan settlers had crossed the ocean to found their city set upon a hill, an example to other nations, a chosen people, the grain that God had sifted from a whole nation to plant in the empty continent. This sense of special selection, of possession of a new and higher truth, became secularized, but it did not diminish. John F. Conway
The person who is ill not merely suffers pain but is rendered unfit to meet his ordinary social responsibilities; he is incapacitated for service to those about him, some of whom may be directly dependent upon him. Moreover, his removal from the sphere of social relations does not merely leave a blank where he was; it involves a wrench upon the sympathies and affections of others. John Dewey
When we are accustomed to use bad reasons for proving natural effects, we are not willing to receive good reasons when they are discovered Blaise Pascal
It is a deplorable thing to see all men deliberating on means alone, and not on the end. Blaise Pascal
When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken, and that he only failed to see all sides. Now, no one is offended at not seeing everything; but one does not like to be mistaken, and that perhaps arises from the fact that man naturally cannot see everything, and that naturally he cannot err in the side he looks at, since the perceptions of our senses are always true. Blaise Pascal
Perhaps I did use such philosophy earlier, and also wrote it, but it is nonsense all the same. Albert Einstein
Tyranny is better than anarchy. Abu Ḥamed Muḥammad Al-Ghazali
What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? Winston Churchill
Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is. Winston Churchill
We face the future fortified with the lessons we have learned from the past. It is today that we must create the world of the future. Spinoza, I think, pointed out that we ourselves can make experience valuable when, by imagination and reason, we turn it into foresight. Eleanor Roosevelt
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. Eleanor Roosevelt
How empty is theory in the presence of fact! Mark Twain
...our best built certainties are but sand-houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows. Mark Twain
Men and women, empires and cities, thrones, principalities, and powers, mountains, rivers, and unfathomed seas, worlds, spaces, and universes, all have their day, and all must go. H. Rider Haggard
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli
I have learned not to think little of any one's belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane. Bram Stoker
The French - who read and theorize the most - became so addicted to political experiment that in the two centuries since our own rather drab revolution they have exuberantly produced one Directory, one Consulate, two empires, three restorations of the monarchy, and five republics. That's what happens when you take writing too seriously. Gore Vidal
If our fathers, in 1776, had acknowledged the principle that a majority had the right to rule the minority, we should never have become a nation; for they were in a small minority, as compared with those who claimed the right to rule over them. Lysander Spooner
An open society invests in people and new ideas, rewards talent and hard work, values dialogue and learns from dissent, operates to high standards with transparent information, looks for common ground, sees problems as opportunities for creative change, and encourages those who are fortunate to help others get the same chance, because service is the highest ideal. Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Politics has been called the “art of the possible,” and it actually is a realm akin to art insofar as, like art, it occupies a creatively mediating position between spirit and life, the idea and reality. Thomas Mann
The old saying of ‘Vox populi, vox Dei’, as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science. Charles Darwin
This isn't right. This isn't even wrong. Wolfgang Ernst Pauli
We might be allowed to... assert that because our only cognitions of matter are cognitions of force, matter in the scientific sense is force. Fitz-Hugh Ludlow
We believe that “we are all in this together” is a better philosophy than “you are on your own”. Michael Brune; William
Why is this polarization in America? Why is there these very different views about the world? Part of it is that there are very different worlds that people are inhabiting. Chrystia Freeland
The relation of evolution to man has so far been a very much more complex and disturbing matter than the relation of gravitation to man. Its significance in relation to the very existence of man is pregnant with opportunities for trouble. Emotions, traditions, old beliefs, religion, and especially formal theology, are involved. Our anthropocentric system of world philosophy, outgrowth of centuries of self-worship, feels itself assailed. The reaction is one of anger and fear. Is man after all not a unique, specially created being, around whom and for whom an all-powerful Creator has produced the rest of life and the world? Evolution comes as the iconoclast to rob man of his sacred isolation. Vernon Lyman Kellogg
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. Bertrand Russell
Two men who differ as to the ends of life cannot hope to agree about education. Bertrand; 3rd Earl of Kingston
… contact with those who have no doubts has intensified a thousandfold my own doubts, not as to Communism in itself, but as to the wisdom of holding a creed so firmly that for its sake men are willing to inflict widespread misery. Bertrand Russell
Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them... Benjamin Rush
The place of Christian love has been taken by the National Socialist, Germanic idea of comradeship... Alfred Rosenberg
Philosophers get attention only when they appear to be doing something sinister--corrupting the youth, undermining the foundations of civilization, sneering at all we hold dear. The rest of the time everybody assumes that they are hard at work somewhere down in the sub-basement, keeping those foundations in good repair. Nobody much cares what brand of intellectual duct tape is being used. Richard Rorty
Violence, contrary to popular belief, is not part of the anarchist philosophy. It has repeatedly been pointed out by anarchist thinkers that the revolution can neither be won, nor the anarchist society established and maintained, by armed violence. Vernon Richards
I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction. Ayn Rand
Every dictator is a mystic, and every mystic is a potential dictator. A mystic craves obedience from men, not their agreement. He wants them to surrender their consciousness to his assertions, his edicts, his wishes, his whims - as his consciousness is surrendered to theirs. He wants to deal with men by means of faith and force - he finds no satisfaction in their consent if he must earn it by means of facts and reason. Reason is the enemy he dreads and, simultaneously, considers precarious: reason, to him, is a means of deception Ayn Rand
I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. Ayn Rand
When you destroy people's religious expression, they will establish secularized religions like Marxism. Carroll Quigley
I think, therefore I am. Rene Descartes
Doubt is the origin of wisdom. Rene Descartes
Government is as unreal, as intangible, as unapproachable as God. Try it, if you don't believe it. Seek through the legislative halls of America and find, if you can, the Government. In the end you will be doomed to confer with the agent Voltairine de Cleyre
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me. Simone de Beauvoir
Christian ethics are seldom found save in the philosophy of some unbeliever. Heywood Broun
Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth Eleanor Roosevelt
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. Eleanor Roosevelt
Had I not been a philosopher in deeds, I would have devoted myself to the study of words Alexander III
One, on God’s side, is a majority. Wendell Phillips
There was no secrecy about the ambitions of the Nazis. The Nazis themselves advertised them in innumerable books and pamphlets, and in every issue of their numerous newspapers and periodicals. Nobody can reproach the Nazis with having concocted their plots clandestinely. He who had ears to hear and eyes to see could not help but know all about their aspirations. Ludwig von Mises
We must see conditions as they really are, not as we want them to be. Ludwig von Mises
Not everything that exists today is reasonable; but this does not mean that everything that does not exist is sensible. Ludwig von Mises
A state would be happy where philosophers were kings or kings were philosophers. Plato
Mediocrity is obscurity. Timothy Fuller
The two grand tyrants of the Earth, Time and Chance. Johann Gottfried von Herder
The laws were framed by certain well-meaning visionaries who, building republics in the air, have tried to reach political perfection on the assumption that humanity is perfect. So we have had philosophers instead of leaders, philanthropy instead of legislation, dialectic instead of tactics, and sophists instead of soldiers. Simon Bolivar
Western fundamentalism: By this term I mean the elevation of Western modernity above all other ways of knowing and being and it includes adherence to capitalism, individualism, patriarchy, scientific rationalism, ‘Christian’ morality, commodification of the environment, private property and a belief in progress. Valerie Morse
I know that I don’t know. Donald Rumsfeld
History and philosophy are the two eyes of wisdom. If one of them is missing, then one only has half vision. Christian Thomasius
To make mankind just and happy and creative and harmonious forever—what would be too high a price to pay for that? To make such an omelette, there is surely no limit to the number of eggs that should be broken—that was the faith of Lenin, of Trotsky, of Mao… of Pol Pot…. You declare that a given policy will make you happier, or freer or give you room to breathe: but I know you are mistaken. I know what you need, what all men need; and if there is resistance based on ignorance or malevolence, then it must be broken and hundreds of thousands may have to perish to make millions happy for all time. Isaiah Berlin
When great wealth collects the way it has in the last two decades, it develops an arrogance…. You see it in the development of a survival of the fittest philosophy, one that says markets are more important than democracy. Kevin Phillips
The punishment for new thought or expressing a different opinion is death Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
The scientist insists on verification; the religious theologian does not; the philosopher sometimes does and sometimes does not Lewis D. Eigen
A movement without a vision is a movement without moral foundation. Nelson Mandela
Anything that has only two choices is wrong. Gloria Steinem
Real freedom will require many changes in the nation’s political and social philosophies and institutions. A. Philip Randolph
There is and must be a remedy for all Evils. Abraham Lincoln
I know there are some among us who would now establish a monarchy. But they are inconsiderable in number and weight of character. The rising race are all republicans. We were educated in royalism: no wonder if some of us retain that idolatry still. Our young people are educated in republicanism. An apostasy from that to royalism is unprecedented and impossible. Thomas Jefferson
While you are gazed at for your American-manufactured principles, and gazing at the folly and pageantry of animals in the shape of men cringing at the feet of an animal called a king, I shall be secluded from the noise and corruption of the times. Benjamin Rush
… infinite wisdom had seen fit to put that people under a more excellent form of government, than any nation has ever had. God himself was their King. And they might have been long happy under a government, in which, the Ruler of the world condescended himself to execute the office of Chief-Magistrate. But such was their impiety and folly, that in many instances they greatly abused and perverted the privileges they were favoured with. Samuel Williams
… every nation, when able and agreed, has a right to set up over themselves any form of government which to them may appear most conducive to their common welfare. Samuel Langdon
… let them who cry up the divine right of Kings consider, that the only form of government which had a proper claim to a divine establishment was so far from including the idea of a King, that it was a high crime for Israel to ask to be in this respect like other nations. Samuel Langdon
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life. Karl Kraus
The definition of a fanatic is a man who redoubles his efforts after he has forgotten the purpose of his struggle. George Santayana
… every new form of government, fascist, communist or our own democracy had originally for its purpose the making of a world in which people could be happy and content. Eleanor Roosevelt
I think that it is morally wrong to be an economic determinist. Robert Reich
A very great percentage of our people see only from $200 to $600 cash in hand during the course of a year, and many, many others have incomes under $1000 or ranging from $1000 to $2000 a year. This problem involves so many people that we cannot just say "Let the government solve it." We, as a people, must solve it by deciding on the type of social and economic philosophy which we wish to see established in this country. When we know what changes we want, we can then set government machinery to work to accomplish them, but the people themselves must know what it is they wish to do. Eleanor Roosevelt
A well-constituted court for the trial of impeachments is an object not more to be desired than difficult to be obtained in a government wholly elective. Alexander Hamilton
The Federal government we have today is unimaginable in the perspective of the Americans who debated the ratification of the original constitution. Andrew Shankman
Mathematicians deal with intellectual concepts which they follow out for their own sake. But they stimulate scientists, philosophers, economists, poets, musicians though without being at all conscious of any need or responsibility to do so. Abraham Flexner
In this quest to seek and find God in all things there is still an area of uncertainty. There must be. If a person says that he met God with total certainty and is not touched by a margin of uncertainty, then this is not good. For me, this is an important key. If one has the answers to all the questions—that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. Pope Francis I
Events are always in the saddle. Abraham Lincoln
Theodore Roosevelt is perhaps one of the most colorful personalities in our history and will always be, I think, an influence on the youth of the country. His spirit was ever youthful and he lived his philosophy with all his might, never grudging in his praise of others, thereby bringing out in them the desire to meet his standards of integrity and duty. Eleanor Roosevelt
An ideologue believes that what is right will work. A pragmatist believes that what works is right. Anonymous
It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true. Bertrand Russell
We never go against a candidate for one or two votes . You can’t. Thomas J. Donahue
With the red scare now in America, few people understand what being a communist meant to most of us. For radical revolutionaries like us, communism meant a society where the community—the entire community—was in charge and not just the Czar and the rich aristocracy. Where there was fairness of and equality of opportunity for all. Where the laws were made by the people’s elected representatives, and applied equally to all. Where there was a social safety net so that people would not live in economic fear of old age or unemployment. Where people had dignity just by virtue of being a citizen and above all, where there were basic freedoms for all. The communists said that was what they wanted, and in Europe no one else did. The Czar’s secret police and the newspapers called anyone who was against the Czar a communist. So we thought of ourselves as communists. Issues like state control of industry and the economic theories about capitalism and its weaknesses were of no concern to most of us. It was only after the Bolsheviks seized control of Russia that communism stood for a particular economic ideology to the detriment of all the other issues. But it was the other issues for which most of us identified with the communists. In America, we found that a large number of people believed what we did and they were not communists. But even in America, in the South they called any of us who were opposed to segregation, Communists, just like the Czar’s people. Natasha Love Bronfman
The sea is a place where every day, half the population eats the other half. Eugenie Clark
During this period the Arab world became an intellectual center for science, philosophy, medicine and education; the Abbasids championed the cause of knowledge and established the House of Wisdom (Bait-ul-Hikmat) at Baghdad, where both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars sought to translate and gather all the world's knowledge into Arabic. The Arabs displayed a remarkable capacity of assimilating the scientific knowledge of the civilizations they had overrun. Many classic works of antiquity that might otherwise have been lost were translated into Arabic and Persian and later in turn translated into Turkish, Hebrew and Latin. During this period the Arab world was a collection of cultures which put together, synthesized and significantly advanced the knowledge gained from the ancient Roman, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Egyptian, Greek, Byzantine and Phoenician civilizations. Vartan Gregorian
All things change. Buddha
People need this product [Western classical music] of the West to liberate their cultural thinking from 2,000 years of feudalism. Li Delun
If the universe were finite, I could go to the edge of the universe and extend my staff. The end of the staff would then be the end of the universe. But if I went to this edge and extended my staff again, that would be the end of the universe. Therefore, the universe cannot be finite. Archytas
What really counts are good endings, not flawed beginnings. Ibn Taymiyya
… examine by every means each thing how it is clear, neither putting greater faith in anything seen than in what is heard, nor in a thundering sound more than in the clear assertions of the tongue, nor keep from trusting any of the other members in which there lies means of knowledge, but know each thing in the way in which it is clear. Empedokles
… mortals suppose that the gods are born (as they themselves are), and that they wear man's clothing and have human voice and body. But if cattle or lions had hands, so as to paint with their hands and produce works of art as men do, they would paint their gods and give them bodies in form like their own—horses like horses, cattle like cattle. Xenophanes
Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture Muhammad Iqbal
Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice. Mohandas K. Gandhi
If the [Ugandan President] Yoweri Museveni of 1986 were to meet the Museveni of today they would fight on sight - they would shoot each other. George Kanyeihamba
The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding. Black Elk
The great end of all human industry, is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modelled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. David Hume
The moral spectacle of capitalism still offends, as does American capitalism's implacable insistence that the market determine value even in the political, intellectual, and artistic spheres. William Pfaff
The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There's not one of them which won't make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it isn't. If you leave out justice you'll find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials "for the sake of humanity" and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man. C. S. Lewis
The working men have no country. We cannot take away from them what they have not got. Karl Marx
The foolish reject what they see and not what they think; the wise reject what they think and not what they see. Huangbo Xiyun
It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action. Lin Yutang
Ideas lead to actions. John Brennan
I consider Paine our greatest political thinker…. We never had a sounder intelligence in this Republic. He was the equal of Washington in making American liberty possible. Where Washington performed Paine devised and wrote. The deeds of one in the world were matched by the deeds of the other with his pen. Thomas A. Edison
The finest minds seem to be formed rather by efforts at original thinking, by endeavors to form new combinations, and to discover new truths, than by passively receiving the impressions of other men's ideas. Jean-Baptiste Say
It is the fact of life that a truth emerges out of a conflict between two wrongs. E. M. S. Namboodiripad
… whoever brushes aside even a part of the truth, whether through intention or oversight, is doomed to fall. The truth he lacks thrives on negligence, and brings down whatever is built without it. Jose Marti
Anarchists are real enemies of Marxism Joseph Stalin
We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are. Leszek Kołakowski
The punters [gamblers] know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race. Gough Whitlam
Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful George Bernard Shaw
Two men who differ as to the ends of life cannot hope to agree about education. Bertrand Russell
It is startling to realize how much unbelief is necessary to make belief possible. What we know as blind faith is sustained by innumerable unbeliefs. Eric Hoffer
The real "haves" are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. Eric Hoffer
Ideas do not need weapons, to the extent that they can convince the great masses Fidel Castro
I wonder what your idea of heaven would be — A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists. All powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death. And hell would probably an ugly vacuum full of poor polygamists unable to obtain booze or with chronic stomach disorders that they called secret sorrows. Ernest Hemingway
… the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The more one-dimensional an explanation of something complex and far reaching, the greater the grounds for skepticism. Kevin Phillips
The larger the event, the less likelihood of having a single cause or origin. Kevin Phillips
Happily I had very early learned the fallacy of building much on logic and verbal argument. Single sets of truths I knew to be as little conclusive in theology as in physics; and, in one as in the other, no theory to be worth anything, however plausibly backed up with Scripture texts or facts, which was not gathered bona fide from the analysis of all the attainable phenomena, and verified wherever possible by experiment. James Anthony Froude
Our instinct has outrun our theory in this matter; for while we still insist upon free will and sin, we make allowance for individuals who have gone wrong, on the very ground of provocation, of temptation, of bad education, of infirm character. James Anthony Froude
Ideas matter because they can actually alter people’s conception of their own self-interest.. Mark Blyth
… we think once we do activate a genome, that yes, it probably will impact people’s thinking about life. Craig Venter
Facts matter, especially when they conflict with dogma and preconceived notions. Pretending otherwise has consequences. David Leonhardt
… the growth of the political independence of Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim groups from the institutions of government has allowed them to exercise greater leverage over the state and the development of more activist political theologies. G. John Ikenberry
God has created a logical universe of cause and effect. He who repudiates causality actually repudiates reason. Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi
To think critically is always to be hostile. Hannah Arendt
I have no exact political philosophy that I could summon up with one ism. Hannah Arendt
One clings to principles for only as long as they are not put to the test. When that happens one throws them away as the peasant does his slippers. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
We must accept that the phase of social development which began with the October Revolution has exhausted its driving force. Enrico Berlinguer
When capitalism changes, so must socialism. Donald Sassoon
Whatever has been done in Western Europe to bring about more justice, more security, more educational opportunities, more welfare and more state responsibility for the poor and the helpless, could never has been achieved without the pressure if socialist ideologies and socialist movements, for all their naiveties and illusions. Leszek Kolokowski
Ideologically, we were opposed to the bailout and we still are. We don’t believe in results. Donald T. Regan
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Carl Sagan
The conventional wisdom of the United States is not always the right conventional wisdom. Vitaly Churkin
The Chrysler bailout is a basic challenge to the philosophy of America. Thomas A. Murphy
What man needs is not just the persistent posing of ultimate questions, but the sense of what is feasible, what is possible, what is correct, here and now. Hans-Georg Gadamer
History is a pageant, not a philosophy. Augustine Birrell
If ever needed, the American Legion stands ready to protect our country's institutions and ideals as the Fascisti dealt with the destructionists who menaced Italy … Do not forget that the Fascisti are to Italy what the American Legion is to the United States. Alvin Mansfield Owsley
… do not forget ideas are also weapons. Rafael Sebastian Guillen Vicente; Subcomandante
Each day has its own destiny. Yesterday is history, today is opportunity while tomorrow is mystery. T. B. Joshua
Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. Percy Bysshe Shelley
“I would rather err with the majority than in my own way.” So thought Saint Augustine. I am of the reverse opinion. Karl Heinrich Leopold Deschner
The political philosophy of black nationalism means: we must control the politics and the politicians of our community. Malcolm X
Philosophy is no more a barrier against political disaster than it is against plague. Greg Bear
Jews have become the teachers of men in great things. Josephus
If the Soviet Government orders me to act against my conscience, I do not obey …. Conscience is above the law. No law which is against the conscience can bind. Leonid Ivanovich Feodorov
The clash of communism and capitalism sterilized rather than stimulated research on capital and inequality by historians, economists, and even philosophers. Thomas Piketty
Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time. Bertrand Russell
No creator was prompted by a desire to serve his brothers, for his brothers rejected the gift he offered and that gift destroyed the slothful routine of their lives. His truth was his only motive. Ayn Rand
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who see it coming and jump aside. Hunter S. Thompson
The fact that a belief has a good moral effect upon a man is no evidence whatsoever in favor of its truth. Bertrand Russell
True progress consists in submitting the human element which corrupts liberty, to the divine element which purifies it. Society has followed a different path in looking upon the empire of faith as dead; and in proclaiming the empire of reason and the will of man. Juan Donoso Cortes
The exercise of one coercion always makes another inevitable Anders Chydenius
The Socratic manner is not a game at which two can play Max Beerbohm
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—, Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. James Russell Lowell
I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation. One of the fundamental objectives of Marxism is to remove interest, the factor of individual interest, and gain, from people's psychological motivations. Marx was preoccupied both with economic factors and with their repercussions on the spirit. If communism isn't interested in this too, it may be a method of distributing goods, but it will never be a revolutionary way of life. Che Guevara
I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself. George Gurdjieff
It is impossible to recognize a wrong way without knowing the right way. This means that it is no use troubling oneself how to recognize a wrong way. One must think of how to find the right way. George Gurdjieff
RELIGION IS DOING; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy. Whether he likes it or not he shows his attitude towards religion by his actions and he can show his attitude only by his actions. Therefore if his actions are opposed to those which are demanded by a given religion he cannot assert that he belongs to that religion. George Gurdjieff
The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business. William Saroyan
We have shown that socialism is an incoherent combination of thesis and antithesis, which contradict and destroy one another. Catholicism, on the contrary forms a great synthesis which includes all things in its unity, and infuses them in its sovereign harmony Juan Donoso Cortes
While it is true that science cannot decide questions of value, that is because they cannot be intellectually decided at all, and lie outside the realm of truth and falsehood. Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know. Bertrand Russell
I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. Ayn Rand
I am, therefore I'll think. Ayn Rand
The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth. Che Guevara
Never act in breach of trust ., Live morally, do not aspire for other's Wealth, Women and God ., Consume according to your requirements and contribute the rest to the society Earn wealth through honest and truthful work. Basava
We Italians would speak to the world as representatives of an age-old civilization of which we had inherited countless works of artists and thinkers --a civilization that entitled us to a place among the foremost Powers in Europe--and all the while we were speaking in the name of a very young state, still administratively incomplete, still divided by the remains of a feudal structure, and lacking economic and military independence. Roberto Cantalupo
My philosophy is different than most of the people up here. I think if you do the right thing and you lose, you still did the right thing. I think if you do less than the right thing and win, it’s morally reprehensible. Tom Coburn
I have been an optimist all my life, and I firmly believe in the final triumph of human reason. Gustav Stresemann
Swapping the current program out for an untested system may be a pretty bad deal … Saxbe Chambliss
Fascism believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. It thus repudiates the doctrine of Pacifism -- born of a renunciation of the struggle and an act of cowardice in the face of sacrifice. War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have courage to meet it Benito Mussolini
The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom Benito Mussolini
It is faith that moves mountains, because it gives the illusion that mountains move …. Illusion is perhaps the only reality in life. Benito Mussolini
That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason Citium Zeno
...the splitting up of mankind into a multitude of infinitesimal governments, in accordance with their actual differences of dialect or their presumed differences of race, would be to undo the work of civilization and renounce all the benefits which the slow and painful process of consolidation has procured for mankind...It is the agglomeration and not the comminution of states to which civilization is constantly tending; it is the fusion and not the isolation of races by which the physical and moral excellence of the species is advanced. There are races, as there are trees, which cannot stand erect by themselves, and which, if their growth is not hindered by artificial constraints, are all the healthier for twining round some robuster stem. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
We need not wade into the current of Niagara Falls unless we please; but, after we have waded in we must thereafter be governed by the course and force of the stream. Alexander Bryan Johnson
Better heresy of doctrine than heresy of heart. John Greenleaf Whittier
The isolation of every human soul and the necessity of self-dependence must give each individual the right, to choose his own surroundings. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
All honor to the noble women that have devoted earnest lives to the intellectual needs of mankind! Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The standard of what offends 'the common conscience of the community' conflicts ... with the command of the First Amendment. ... Certainly that standard would not be an acceptable one if religion, economics, politics or philosophy were involved. How does it become a constitutional standard when literature treating with sex is concerned? Any test that turns on what is offensive to the community's standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they don't like, provided the matter relates to 'sexual impurity' or has a tendency to 'excite lustful thoughts.' This is community censorship in one of its worst forms... William O. Douglas
Let me tell you the truth. The truth is what is, and what should be is a fantasy. A terrible, terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago. Lenny Bruce
Women played no part in Athenian high culture. They could not vote, attend the theatre, or walk in the stoa talking philosophy. But the male orientation of Greek culture was inseparable of its genius. Athens became great not despite but because of its misogyny. Camille Paglia
The scope of a modern government has been widened far beyond the principles laid down by the old “laissez faire” school of political writers, and this widening has met popular approval. William Howard Taft
No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated…. it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race Richard P. Feynman
Man must assume responsibility for the direction of his life and destiny. Felix Adler
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith
Here, then, is joined no argument between slightly different philosophies [of America and Russia]. This conflict strikes directly at the faith of our fathers and the lives of our sons. No principle or treasure that we hold ... lies safely beyond the reach of this struggle .... Freedom is pitted against slavery; lightness against the dark. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We face a hostile ideology [Communism]—global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Having principles is important, but you don’t want to walk off a cliff with your principles. Leon Panetta
This society is in tough shape when it comes to philosophy. Mario Cuomo
Competition has brought about two great opposing opinions; one that Government should do nothing, the other that it should do everything. The first arises from the contemplation of the immense wealth heaped up under a system of unimpeded individual action, and of the extraordinary folly and selfishness of the customs and legislation that controlled such action in the past. The second arises from the sufferings which unimpeded individualism has brought upon the working classes, who cry out that Government is bound to protect them from misery and starvation Arnold J. Toynbee
The Analytical Engine has no pretentions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform. It can follow analysis, but it had no power of anticipating any analytical relations or truths. Ada Lovelace
… a world without certainty can be richer, in all senses of the word, than a world with false convictions. Adam Davidson
The nature of life is that we do not control it. Edward D. Kleinbard
The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success. Edmund Burke
A think may look specious in theory, and yet be ruinous in practice; a thing may look evil in theory, and yet be in practice excellent. Edmund Burke
‘Tis better to have fought and lost, Than not to have fought at all. Arthur Hugh Clough
The world is very odd we see. We do not comprehend it; But in one fact we can all agree, God won’t and we can’t mend it. Arthur Hugh Clough
We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think "we're all in this together" is a better philosophy than "you're on your own”. Bill Clinton
... I pondered … how men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes, turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name...”. William Morris
The core functions of government are negative—putting out fires, arresting criminals, settling disputes—and much more of what government does is the unromantic work of preventing bad situations from getting worse. David Brooks
Graft Philosopher. Lincoln Steffens
The idea that an overweening federal government is a threat to both freedom and equality (not to mention prosperity) goes back to Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and some other fairly respectable personages. You can disagree with them, or with Coolidge or Reagan or Friedrich Hayek or Milton Friedman or George Will, but to dismiss them as nothing more than mouthpieces of the wealthy and big business is to indulge in [a] sort of anti-intellectualism… Jonathan Rauch
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Martin Luther King Jr.
Many things may become baggage, may become encumbrances if we cling to them blindly and uncritically Mao Zedong
Let a hundred flowers blossom and let one hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land. Mao Zedong
American Philosophical Society Benjamin Franklin
Undoubtedly, one comes closer to the truth when one sees history as the expression of the class struggle rather than a series of private quarrels among kings and nobles. But precisely because such an analysis of history comes closer to the truth, it is more dangerous. It gives the illusion of full knowledge; it supplies answers to all questions, answers which merely run around in a circle repeating a few formulas. Czeslaw Milosz
Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist. Czeslaw Milosz
If I am all mankind, are they themselves without me? Czeslaw Milosz
If all things were equally in all men, nothing would be prized. Thomas Hobbes
It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has made nothing equal; her sovereign law is subordination and dependence. Luc de Clapiers
Only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality; those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom; and in the end superior ability has its way. Utopias of equality are biologically doomed, and the best that the amiable philosopher can hope for is an approximate equality of legal justice and educational opportunity. Will Durant
We need the self-confidence to admit that at best we possess only a partial understanding of the truth, which can be enlarged by refining our views in light of new arguments, new circumstances and new insights. But this requires us to listen to others, to weigh their arguments with care, and maybe even to learn from them. Peter Wehner
There are truths to be discovered, but they are complex and many-sided; the best way to get to them is by engaging contrary ideas in a manner approximating dialogue. Harry Clor
The Edwardians were preoccupied with the concept of progress, which they defined as measurable, scientific, and technical. But what about a word to describe progress in areas that defy any meaningful metric, such as love or elegance or amusement or mercy? Denis Boyles
Be careful of hubris about ideas—especially your own. Remember always, that there is one commonality between all the good ideas that were ever created and all the bad ideas: The people you created them thought that they were good ideas. Lewis D. Eigen
I’m ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. Leonard Cohen
This election we lost. The next election we win. But the fight goes on forever. Jerry Springer
Must the past be prologue? Stephen Kotkin
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. Baruch Spinoza
In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable ; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth. A man would perish of hunger and thirst, if he refused to eat or drink, till he had obtained positive proof that food and drink would be good for him. But in philosophic reflection this is not so. On the contrary, we must take care not to admit as true anything, which is only probable. For when one falsity has been let in, infinite others follow. Baruch Spinoza
If you find the light of Scripture clearer than the light of reason (which also is given us by divine wisdom), you are doubtless right in your own conscience in making your reason yield. For my part, since I plainly confess that I do not understand the Scriptures, though I have spent many years upon them, and since I know that when once I have a firm proof I cannot by any course of thought come to doubt of it, I rest wholly upon that which my understanding commends to me, without any suspicion that I am deceived therein, or that the Scriptures, even though I do not search them, can speak against it. For one truth cannot conflict with another. Baruch Spinoza
Beauty, my dear Sir, is not so much a quality of the object beheld, as an effect in him who beholds it. If our sight were longer or shorter, or if our constitution were different, what now appears beautiful to us would seem misshapen, and what we now think misshapen we should regard as beautiful. The most beautiful hand seen through the microscope will appear horrible. Some things are beautiful at a distance, but ugly near; Baruch Spinoza
I value nothing more highly than to be allowed the honor of entering into bonds of friendship with people who sincerely love truth. For ... I believe there is nothing in the world which we can love with tranquility except such men. Baruch Spinoza
Truth is a standard both of itself and of falsity. Baruch Spinoza
My purpose is to explain, not the meaning of words, but the nature of things. Baruch Spinoza
They [philosophers] conceive of men, not as they are, but as they themselves would like them to be Baruch Spinoza
"Spinoza did not seek to found a sect, and he founded none"; yet all philosophy after him is permeated with his thought. Will Durant
How much do I love that noble man More than I could tell with words I fear though he'll remain alone With a holy halo of his own. Albert Einstein
Following World War II, the world mostly shared values about human rights, democracy and so forth. Many believed then that Western liberal ideas would be universal. But today it is not the case that we share the same values. If you look at Russia, China, Turkey—and even inside our societies—people have different concepts about how to organize big societies. Typically in Western society, the individual is protected against the collective. But increasingly, the collective is protected against the individual. And even inside our own society, the question arises more and more about how much should you defend the collective against the individual? What is the right balance? Klaus Schwab
Every human being has the right to live. It is our duty to acknowledge that right by providing for it. In a natural state of society it would take care of itself. As matters are now it must be deliberately provided for. Prestonia Mann Martin
The final goal of all human endeavor is the development of the human soul. Walther Rathenau
There is never any precedent until it happens for the first time. Chesley Sullenberger
There is a cleansing humility about doubt. Richard Holloway
Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. Jimmy Carter
Do not believe just because you want to believe. George R. R. Martin
Transcendentalists like Emerson were searching for unity in nature, but resisted what seemed to them the blinkered reliance on deductive reasoning and empirical research enforced by encroaching science. Andrea Wulf
The fates will lead you to the future or drag you there. Seneca the Younger
Trying to fight misogyny using juridical moral notions is a bit like trying to fight fire with oxygen. It might work on a small scale — we do manage to blow out matches and candles, after all. But when we try to scale up the strategy, it is liable to backfire. We would be trying to put out a fire while feeding right into it. Kate Manne
Misogyny should be understood as the ‘law enforcement’ branch of a patriarchal order, which has the overall function of policing and enforcing its governing ideology. Sexism wears a lab coat, misogyny goes on witch hunts. . . . Sexism is bookish; misogyny is combative. Sexism has a theory; misogyny wields a cudgel. Kate Manne
I am a great respector of fate. Joe Biden
In the final analysis, power is based on fear. Trump Donald Trump
Donald Trump has not been able to engender a lot of loyalty from his staff. He turns on a dime agaisnt them and they will do the same against him .... Loyalty to Trump is mostly pragmatic -- the people who are loyal are getting something for their loyalty. David Brooks
I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of. Michel de Montaigne
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant
It is always better to be inefficient and correct than to be incorrect and efficient. Srini Devadas

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